Fergus Bailie, Bailie Group CEO.
Fergus Bailie, Bailie Group CEO.
Austen Shakespeare

Leeds communications specialist continues to expand portfolio

A Leeds-headquartered communications specialist has completed a strategic acquisition for an undisclosed sum.

The purchase of training provider Ubi-Tech (3R) by Bailie Group complements its services offered by existing CDS Defence & Security business – an organisation striving to make the world a safer place through engineering, learning, cyber security, and information assurance.

Established in 2012, Redditch-based Ubi-Tech (3R) specialises in telecommunications-industry training. The accredited company was founded by former members of the British Armed Forces, and all the firm’s instructors have served in the military.

While Bailie Group has participated in previous takeovers, this is the first acquisition specifically for CDS DS. The move represents the brand’s growth from £12.5m turnover in 2021 to £20m by the end of 2024.

Bailie Group’s CEO Fergus Bailie commented: “CDS DS is no stranger to high-profile programmes of work for UK military operations, and in recent times we have collaborated with Ubi-Tech on a number of projects – notably for the British Army,”

“The more we’ve worked alongside each other, the clearer our synergies have become – particularly when it comes to the design, analysis and delivery of specialist training.

“While a significant proportion of Bailie Group’s growth has been organic throughout our 158-year history, we recognise the value of strategic acquisitions too. While operationally it’s therefore ‘business as usual’ for Ubi-Tech (3R) and CDS DS, we believe the move has unlocked a wealth of potential for both brands.”

Fergus continued: “Everything always comes back to our search for the best people in the industry – whether they become a true part of our team, or we work together as partners. The experience and reputation of Ubi-Tech (3R) is world-class, so the acquisition really does bolster our current roster of capabilities.”

With a portfolio of communications and consultancies throughout the UK, Bailie Group currently employs 375 colleagues, with aspirations to bring 75 additional people into the company by the end of 2022.

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